TUTORIAL: DIY Cardboard Fire Truck Engine

Cardboard Fire Truck Engine

So you’ve got a cardboard convertible box car. Check. You’re thinking, “Hmm, what complements a lovely convertible box car?” I’ve got another cardboard box craft idea for you. Why not make a cardboard fire engine? If you’ve got a spare box, this would make a fun play time space for your little one. Materials: large cardboard box […]

TUTORIAL: Cardboard Convertible Box Car

Cardboard convertible car

What do you do when you’re cooped up during the winter season? Or when you’re stuck inside with the A/C blasting to cool down during the summer? You make a kid-size convertible car. Last summer we visited our local bookstore for a Cars movie event. Kids decorated their cardboard box cars, ate popcorn, sipped their CapriSuns, and relaxed […]

Look for Less: Crate and Barrel-Inspired Glitter Circle Paper Garland

crate and barrel inspired look for less christmas circle paper garland

Below I saw this pretty, delicate Christmas garland in the latest Crate and Barrel catalog, and I thought what a cute idea to remix their design from 2D to 3D. (Note: I checked the Crate and Barrel website, and it’s all sold out. They no longer make or sell this for the season.) If you’re looking […]

TUTORIAL: Advent Calendar Christmas Tree Garland

advent calendar and paper ball Christmas garland tree

This week’s tutorials is all about paper garlands. Now that you’ve seen Prof cut down our first evergreen tree, we need some decorations to make our tree merry and bright. I kept thinking of things to make our tree user-friendly, kid-friendly. Then Piano Man mentioned about the advent calendar his class is making at school. Bare […]

Our First Real Christmas Tree

Lenderink Christmas Tree Farm

Do you have fond memories of your family decorating the Christmas tree? Do you like the aroma of evergreens permeating your home? As a daughter of an immigrant family, my memories of Christmas might be a little different than yours. My parents did their best to imitate a traditional American Christmas, like It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th […]

Free Printable: DIY American Holiday Photo Booth Props

Photobooth-Propweb gif

Over Thanksgiving I wanted to add a little holiday cheer to our photos. Photo booth props added some holiday fun to our snapshot portraits. This isn’t so much of a tutorial, since there are plenty of other sites that can give you the 411. I’m sharing free clip art I sources used to make our […]

Free Printable: Legends of Chima Laval Face Template & LEGO Font Thank You Card

Legends of Chima Laval Faces

For a few months, several readers have asked for the Laval Face Template. (It was shown as part of the Legends of Chima Chi Invitation Tutorial.) After some digging, I found the template and scanned it into two pdf files for you today. It’s a free printable, which you can download here. *Download Laval Face […]

The Art in the Protest Movement

graffiti art cyprus

I have a few holiday crafts lined up for this week; but in light of the news in the U.S., particularly Ferguson, Missouri, I didn’t feel that it was appropriate to share one today. Last night we watched CNN news of the grand jury case on Michael Brown’s death. It was a split screen, one with attorney Bob McCullough […]